Parent Training

Marks and Start is a partnership
between Gingerbread and Marks and Spencer

 January 2019 Programme – Bromley


LMS Numbers: KNN/25008, KNN/25009 and KNN/25010

Contact details:
Tel: 07495 722 168

4 days of Work-focused Training (Tuesday – Friday 10am-3pm)
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Friday 25 January 2019
Where: Bromley M&S, 123 High Street Bromley BR1 1JL

The Work-focused training is delivered by Gingerbread, in an M&S store, with a group of around 16-20 parents.

PLEASE NOTE: The location of the training may not be the same as the location of your placement.
Where: Bromley M&S, 123 High Street Bromley BR1 1JL

  • Aims to boost confidence and motivation in a supportive environment.
  • Looks at some of the barriers faced by single parents in returning to work, and highlights some of the assistance available, including information on childcare, benefits and tax credits.
  • Work focused with advice and information on CV and interview skills, transferable skills, job applications and action planning.

2 weeks Work Experience in a Marks and Spencer store (Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm)

Date: Monday 28 January – Friday 8 February 2019
Where: Bromley, Woolwich SF, Greenwich, Dulwich and Eltham.

The work experience placement will follow the training and is five days a week 10am-3pm. You will not be required to attend at weekends and the programme only runs during term-time.

What you will do: There is no typical placement. Retail work is busy and varied and former participants tell us that they loved being busy and feeling part of something. You will generally work on one section, giving you the chance to gain as much experience as possible in the two weeks

During the placement you will follow the M&S career path, supported by an M&S coach, completing coaching cards, which focus on service and products. If successfully completed you will become accredited and can then take this accreditation with you to future job applications.

Next Steps Days: 2 days (Tuesday and Wednesday 10am-3pm)

Date: Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13  February 2019
Where: Bromley M&S 123 High St, Bromley BR1 1JL

What is it for? It is an opportunity to let us know what you would like to do next, so that we can help you. It includes assistance with CVs and interviews.

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Free accessing public services workshop
for parents /carers

Please read the information below and if you are interested in this free workshop, then email Sara Johnson  or send her a message via the parent/carer whatsapp group by Friday 21 December.


By the end of the Accessing Public Services workshop,
parent/carers will be able to:


  • Identify commonly occurring problems facing families accessing services and recognise different types of dispute.
  • Come up with problem-solving approaches to these problems.
  • Use a number of template letters when corresponding with public bodies.

The workshop includes working on case studies relating to direct payments, respite care, Disabled Facilities Grants, residential placement and school transport.

This course is due to run on Thursday 24 January 2019, from 10am – 2pm
Please note: a minimum of 10 attendees (maximum of 25) is required for this course run.

Basic Deaf Awareness and BSL

  • The classes will take place on either a Monday or Friday.
    When emailing Sara please let her know your preference.
  • Each attendee would be asked to pay up to £30 to attend.



This coming year, we are running basic deaf awareness and sign language workshops, in Greenwich, and surrounding areas.

Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which deaf and disabled people have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision.
Our courses are tailored for both staff and volunteers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the barriers that deaf and hard of hearing people face.
  • List the ways in which deaf and hard of hearing people communicate.
  • Understand and demonstrate how to implement positive methods of communication, and offer an equal service to deaf and hard of hearing people.
  • Recognise basic everyday signs (Good morning/afternoon, do you need any help? What is your name? Please, thank you, let me help you).
  • Apply the finger-spelling alphabet.
  • Explore the deaf community & culture.

Our large client base includes hospitals, charities, libraries, museums, schools, colleges and universities, theatres, councils, PCTs, care homes, housing associations, police and ambulance authorities.



One of the best courses I have been on. Both myself and my colleague who attended your open course at York Guild Hall really feel we can use the knowledge gained to improve the service that we provide.
(Jill Harper, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, York)


We have regular deaf customers who shop with us, and having completed your tailored course for supermarkets we have had an influx of the local deaf community shopping with us. Word has got round so we must be doing well!
(Laura Grey, Asda, Linwood, Scotland)

City Lit – Where London learns…

City Lit Family Learning is out in the communities
of Camden and Greenwich. Regular classes and workshops
are help throughout the year in the borough, but also
at Charlton Park Academy.


City Lit: ESOL courses
January 2019

To enrol onto one of the following City Lit courses ESOL (English for speakers of another language)

  • Maths
  • Introduction to Childcare
  • Introduction to Teaching Assistant
  • Childcare Level 1

Woolwich Library, 21 Love Lane, Woolwich SE18 4DW
Tuesday 11 December 2018, 9.30am-12 noon

To enrol you will need to bring the following:

  • Your passport
  • Proof of address
  • Evidence of any benefits you are receiving

You will also be able to take an initial assessment to check the best level of course for you.

To confirm you are attending or for more information please contact:
Helen Sprogis
Tel: 07818 896 575

or Community Outreach
Tel: 020 7492 2521
or turn up on the day

Are you eligible for a FREE place?

You are welcome to join one of our free courses if you have been a resident of the UK or EEA for 3 years and are in receipt of one of the benefits listed below:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Council Tax Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Employment Support Allowance

You may also be eligible if you work but earn less than £19,890 a year.
You will need to provide proof of benefit status and residency at the time of enrolment.

Charlton Park Academy
Registered Address: Charlton Park Road, London, SE7 8HX
A charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England and Wales (Company Number: 08133047)

Charlton Park Academy